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INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE The Institute of Medicine (IOM) serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative ad- vice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care. Our aim is to help those in government and the private sector make in- formed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 2,000 individuals, members, and nonmembers vol- unteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of the IOM.
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